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Sugar/Four Flies (Italy), 1973. (reissue)
A fantastic funky soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – quite different than some of his bigger hits of the 60s, and full of heavy basslines and lots of great drums! The style here is in the best cop/crime mode of the time – but has even more blacksploitation grit at the bottom than the usual ... (Soundtracks)
Blue Note, 2017.
The first-ever Blue Note album as a leader for drummer Louis Hayes – something that's long overdue, given that the man played on classic albums for the label by Clifford Jordan, Sonny Clark, Grant Green, and Curtis Fuller – not to mention his first big boss, Horace Silver – who ... (Jazz)
Blue Note (France), 2017.
A fantastic little record from drummer Tony Allen – a set that shows yet another side of his mighty talents – at a level that nobody would have expected back in the 70s when he was working with Fela! The approach here is definitely jazz-based enough to warrant the record's placement on ... (Global Grooves)
A fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays trumpet, but he also works with some electronics and effects, too – in a group that mixes acoustic elements from piano, ... (Jazz)
Playback (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The first-ever full length collection of work from Jeanette Jones – a San Francisco singer who's only been slowly discovered over the years, thanks to the efforts of the folks at Kent Records! Back in the day, Jones got one single on the market – the excellent "Darling I'm ... (Soul)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017.
Pianist David Kikoski has added his talents to many great groups over the years – but the man himself always seems completely on fire when he's out front on his own – as on this wonderful trio set with Joe Martin on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums! Kikoski still has that way of ... (Jazz)
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. 3CD
The British mod scene of the 60s was drinking up a very heady brew of American jazz, soul, and R&B – then doing a great job of turning it into their own sort of music, as you'll hear on this set! Most of the numbers here are English, but could easily go head-to-head with the most romping ... (Rock)
Hot Casa (France), 1978. (reissue)
An unusual album from Afro Funk legend Orlando Julius – in that it was recorded in the US, and definitely has the groove to match! The style here is right up there with the best American underground funk of the time – and the record has a groove that really mixes up African roots and ... (Global Grooves)
Get On Down, 1996. 3LP (reissue)
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon – with some of the greatest production ever by Dan The Automator and scratch work by DJ Q-Bert – a serious creative peak for all parties, and up there in the all time greatest hip hop full lengths of ... (Hip Hop)
A rare meeting of guitarist Wes Montgomery and the trio of pianist Wynton Kelly – heard here on unissued material that stands strongly next to their classic Smoking At The Half Note album on Verve! About half the tracks here just feature Kelly's trio – but that's A-Ok with us, as the ... (Jazz)
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. Gatefold (reissue)
A set that really earns its title – as it's easily some of the most cosmic music John Coltrane ever recorded – and also kind of a way of saying goodbye to the planet, to leave his music in the hands of a next generation of creators! The album features material recorded by a Coltrane ... (Jazz)
Saigon Supersound, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Incredible sounds from Saigon – music that's often quite funky and surprisingly soulful – and which no doubt shows a strong influence on the scene from all the American GIs who were playing their music overseas! Other collections of this nature maybe localize the music a bit more than ... (Global Grooves)
Southern Routes, 1950s.
The first-ever set we've seen dedicated to the overlooked doo wop genius of The Cardinals – a group that recorded for Atlantic Records in the same generation as The Drifters and The Clovers, but never received a full LP treatment by the label! We've always felt that lack is one of the ... (Soul)
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2017.
We've loved the music of trumpeter Alex Sipiagin for quite some time – but there's really something special going on here – a slightly different vibe that makes the record stand out from the rest of the pack! First off, the album features all original compositions – songs that ... (Jazz)
Sugar/Four Flies (Italy), 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
Fierce funky sounds from Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis – a duo who turned out some of the grooviest music on the Italian cop/crime scene of the 70s! The set's a killer right from the very first note – full of fuzz and funk, and lots of heavy rhythms at the bottom – all in a mode ... (Soundtracks)
Gee (France), 2017.
Funky keyboards and dubby grooves – a great little record that's as much inspired by Jamaican music as it is the longer legacy of American funky jazz! Soul Sugar first started giving us 45s about a decade ago, but their sound has really matured over the years – as leader/keyboard ... (Deep Funk)
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017.
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other ... (Jazz)
De-Lite/Solid (Japan), 1981/1984.
A pair of great records from Leon Bryant – both from the late De-Lite Records years, and offered up here back to back! First up is Mighty Body – a set also known as the self-titled Leon Bryant album – overlooked genius from Leon – a singer with a hell of a voice, and a ... (Soul)
Iron Mountain Analog Research/Omni (Australia), 1960/Early 70s.
A long-overdue collection of the really special, really unusual songs written and sung by Malvina Reynolds – one of the strangest talents to emerge from the 60s, partly because her age was in the same range as the decade! Reynolds had long been a force on the political left on the west coast ... (Folk/Country)
PMG (Austria), 1974.
Let's Have A Party, indeed – as it's hard not to celebrate when a record sounds this great! The album's a boiling batch of Afro Funk numbers from the legendary Geraldo Pino – a key influence on the sound of Fela, and an artist with a sound that's got a bit more James Brown in his ... (Global Grooves)
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